Posts Tagged ‘Brian Azzarello’

Nathan Wilson: The Rat Catcher by Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Since the announcement by Karen Berger of a Vertigo sub-imprint series of hardcover, black-and-white, original graphic novels at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con and her subsequent explanation that the titles within the Vertigo Crime fold would be “smart, edgy, sexy, crime noir fiction in graphic novel form” that would appeal to both regular comic audiences and hopefully cross over into the retail, bookstore market, the results have largely been hit-or-miss. It would seem a natural fit for Vertigo to shop its company talent and own reputation within the crime genre into this new venture, but as evidenced by The Comics Journal’s own Jared Gardner a few months ago, some of the books have mostly veered towards pastiche and imitation of American crime fiction with very little substance or originality. The publication of Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez’s Rat Catcher is a decisive break from some of these earlier experiments and potentially the strongest offering from the Vertigo Crime series thus far.

Wednesday Comics

Posted by on October 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

A while ago I took a look at Wednesday Comics, the 12-week project designed to put DC characters in serialized stories meant to resemble, through their 14" x 20" pages, the continuing adventure strips of old Sunday funnies sections. The title's second iteration, a hardcover compilation, assembled all chapters of all 15 stories, many done by industry stalwarts.

Back then I pronounced the collection an artist's showcase and tried to support that by focusing on a trio of best uses of the novel form and the single, surprising worst. I thought it could stand as my final word on the subject.

And then I started to dream.


Posted by on June 19th, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Last year, Brian Azzarello pitched a project to DC that would hopefully change many of the reservations that today’s comics readers have about these characters. Azzarello and artist Rags Morales created a world outside the main DC Universe (Earth-1 or whatever it’s called these days) where many of the pulp characters to which DC still had legal rights could interact—work together, fight each other, or just talk—in a contemporary narrative way. I hesitate to call the First Wave world modern, because it’s not....

Why Ebony White Isn’t Sassy

Posted by on February 5th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The quote is a beautiful linguistic specimen because it shows what words can do when no thought is present. Hit on race and the brain gets shut off. That’s not the only reflex we have, but it’s common, especially when entertainment professionals are talking in public about what to do with a given property.